An ad recorded by Ron Reagan inviting viewers to join FFRF has aired for the first time on some of the nation's most prominent news commentary shows.
"Morning Joe" and the "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC ran the ad off and on throughout March. The 30-second spot also returned to CNN during the same time period.
In the ad, Reagan, the progressive son of President Ronald and Nancy Reagan, says:
"Hi, I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I'm alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That's why I'm asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell."
MSNBC had previously refused to run this commercial. The ad aired 16 times on MSNBC in March.
FFRF has also placed the ads on CNN, where it will run a total of 16 times on "CNN Newsroom," "The Lead with Jake Tapper" and "The Situation Room."
The ad had previously been refused by CBS, NBC, ABC and Discovery Science, although it had aired on some regional network markets, as well as CNN and Comedy Central. However, a previous FFRF ad featuring John F. Kennedy has run on MSNBC, CBS and other networks.
Thanks to donors earmarking FFRF's advertising fund for making the ads possible.